Banana Blueberry Bars

Banana Blueberry Bars (from Straight Up Food)

These bars are great for breakfast or for a mid-day snack!

Ingredients:

1 cup medjool dates (about 7), pitted and diced
1 1/2 cups apple juice
1 cup oat flour
2 cups rolled oats
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
3 medium ripe bananas, diced
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
3/4 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
½ cup walnuts (optional)

Directions:

1. Place pitted and diced dates in a bowl with the apple juice. Set aside and soak for at least 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking dish  with parchment paper, making sure the sides are lined as well (cut slits in the corners of the paper so that it overlaps).

3. Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl and set aside. Place the diced bananas, vanilla extract or powder, apple juice, and dates into a blender and blend until creamy.

4. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredient bowl and mix with a fork. Fold in the blueberries and walnuts. Pour the batter into your baking dish and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Test for doneness by poking bars with a fork or knife. It should come out clean. The top should be a light brown. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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